There’s many a new gin that made an appearance last year, but one I’m yet to feature is Portobello Road 171.
Created by the gin bar Portobello Star in London, namely Jake F Burger, Gerard Feltham and Paul Andrew Lane, and distilled by 8th generation London Distiller Charles Maxwell, Portobello Road 171 is a traditionally styled London Dry Gin. Formulated using 9 botanicals (juniper berries, lemon peel, bitter orange peel, coriander seeds, orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, liquorice and nutmeg) and with reference to antique gins from The Ginstitute’s own collection then overseen by a tasting panel of industry experts. Handmade, Portobello Road 171 is a small batch product, paying reference to the long-standing traditions of London Dry Gin. Each bottle comes individually numbered and signed by the proprietors.
So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –
Portobello Road 171 – 42%
Fresh citrus and lime on the nose, a little sharp in places with added spice. A clean palate with an instant freshness. Juniper dominates with a slow developing spice that lingers.
A great sipping gin, and could possibly be used within classic cocktails such as the Martini or Gimlet, or possibly one of these –
50 ml Portobello Road Gin
30 ml Mozart Dry
5 Dashes Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
1 Rosemary sprig
Shake all ingredients except the rosemary in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a coupette glass and garnish with the rosemary sprig.
A great drink, worthy of a spot in your drinks cabinet too.
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